Monday, March 30, 2009

Peter and the Wolf

Everyone probably remembers this piece by Sergei Prokofiev from their childhood. For those of you who don't remember, it's the piece that has an instrument represent each character:
Bird : flute
Duck : oboe
Cat : clarinet
Grandfather : bassoon
Wolf : horns
Hunters : Woodwinds
Peter : string instruments
And some percussion thrown into the mix.

It's programmatic music, which basically means that it is music which tells a story. In this case, it's about a boy named Peter and some animals he befriends who get attacked by a wolf. Spoiler alert: The duck DIES!? What the HECK! That's not the Peter and the Wolf I remembered. Anyway, it's a cute story. It's well worth listening to, as there are spots guaranteed to make you smile, such as the grandpa's lethargic bassoon entrance.

David Bowie explains it all clearly in these videos:




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